The Red Thread

Our journey through Genesis has been going on for a few weeks now and I am enjoying thinking about covenant stories with you. Last Sunday, I told you that there is a red thread running through Scripture, the theme of God’s grace weaves through every story. When we remember that the Bible is a story of God’s love for us and God’s ongoing offer of relationship to us, it helps us not get lost in the weeds, especially when the story is strange and confusing like the story of Jacob and Rachel. It also helps us not get lost in the weeds as we go through struggles in our own lives. I prepare a sermon on paper every week, but I like to preach without a script or notes – I get really boring if I don’t. The danger of that is I sometimes forget side notes, and this week, I forgot an important one. The visual of the red thread comes from the story of Rahab from Joshua 2. Rahab was a prostitute who helped the Hebrew spies defeat their enemies. She was told to hang a scarlet cord in her window. The battle raged outside and her whole city was eventually destroyed, but she was saved by faith. That scarlet rope, that red thread of salvation that serves as a metaphor for God’ love and protection. As I told you, the red thread in every Biblical story, and in our own stories, is connected at either end. God’s love and protection of us stretches back to creation, and it weaves through the Old Testament. It’s the blood...

Palm Sunday Cantata

Join us on Sunday, April 13th during the 8am and 11:15am services for our annual Palm Sunday Cantata! Using Peter as the sole narrator and the dramatic focal point, Upon This Rock depicts the events of Holy Week while revealing Peter’s personal perspective on the significance of each. Jesus’ appearances to His disciples during those confusing and discouraging post-resurrection days are also included, as the plans for building God’s church and spreading the Gospel are beautifully and dramatically portrayed through the creativity of composer Pepper Choplin. Upon This Rock is indeed a representation of the very genesis of Christianity as we know it today, having as its foundation the solid Rock of Jesus and the steadfast devotion of Peter, whom Jesus proclaimed as His...

Holy Week Dates to Remember

April 13th Palm Sunday Cantata April 17th Maundy Thursday Worship Service April 18th Good Friday Tenebrae Worship Service April 19th No Worship: Holy Saturday April 20th Easter Sunday 6:30 am Sunrise Worship in the outdoor chapel 8:15 am Traditional Easter Celebration Worship 9:00 am Oasis of Praise Easter Celebration Worship 10:00 am Easter Egg Hunt! 11:15 am Traditional Easter Celebration Worship April 27th Children’s Musical in...
Lenten Resources

Lenten Resources

Click the links below for information on Lent and Fasting: Ash Wednesday Lenten Guide (PDF) Fasting Guide...
Spiritual Gifts Discovery and Ministry Exploration Workshops

Spiritual Gifts Discovery and Ministry Exploration Workshops

…Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. …Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. 1 Corinthians 12:1-6 Are you eager to help with some of the many activities at Covenant but aren’t sure where you fit in? Are you curious about what specific gifts you might have? If you said ‘Yes’ to either question, then the Spiritual Gifts Discovery Workshop and follow-up Ministries Exploration Workshop are for you! The Spiritual Gifts Discovery Workshop will be held on March 30 at 1 p.m. in Room 114 with Pastor Val leading the class and Roxie Greenway assisting. This workshop offers an in-depth assessment of your spiritual gifts based on your personal activities, preferences, talents, and beliefs. The assessment is based on scripture and is designed to identify gifts that you may or may not know you possess! The Ministries Exploration Workshop is the follow-up class that will be offered on April 6, also at 12:30 p.m. in Room 114. This class helps you identify ways that you can use your spiritual gifts in the areas and activities that meet your passion. Both classes are fun and interactive and come highly recommended by graduates of past workshops. A light lunch will be provided for each class. A love offering of $5 to cover the cost of materials will be collected at the Spiritual Gifts class, and scholarships are available. To sign up,...

Lent 2014 “Called to Holiness” Message Series

Lent, the forty days of preparation between Ash Wednesday and Easter, is a Call to Holiness. Just as Jesus spent forty days fasting in the desert before the beginning of his public ministry, believers are invited during Lent to prepare for Holy Week through forty days of more intentional prayer, fasting, repentance, almsgiving, and self-denial. Spiritual disciplines are given to us as means of grace. They are “exercises unto godliness” that enable us to receive more of the life and power God offers to us through Christ. They prepare us for increasingly more interaction with the powers of the living Christ and his Kingdom. Throughout the Season of Lent we will be focusing on how we might better respond as we are Called to Holiness. March 9th Called to Holiness: Confession & Submission Proverbs 28:13-14; James 5:13-20 Rev Valerie Sansing March 16th Called to Holiness: Fasting & Frugality Matthew 4:1-11; 1 Timothy 6:6-19 Rev Valerie Sansing March 23rd Called to Holiness: Forgiveness & Reconciliation Leviticus 4:27-31; Matthew 6:9-15 Rev Valerie Sansing March 30th Called to Holiness: Study & Prayer 2 Timothy 3:14-16; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-27 Rev Valerie Sansing April 6th Called to Holiness: Solitude & Silence Psalm 46:1-11; Mark 1:35-39 Rev Valerie...